It was David Bowie who once said “I am a DJ, I am what I play, I got believers believing in me”. It was De La Soul who once said “everybody wants to be a DJ”. In 2014, it seems DJ’s are a dime a dozen and anyone who feels they can push a button is the DJ equivalent of Cup Noodles: just add hot water. A New York lady has started a DJ School for babies, and it can be argued that many of today’s so-called DJ’s, specifically of the adult variety, could benefit from this school.
A website called Southern Hospitality present a series that involves people to create an exclusive mix for them that consists of vinyl and nothing. Cosmo Baker created one for them, and you can download it by clicking here. Here’s the track listing:
Masters At Work “Jump On it”
Cosmo Baker “Alice Is A Sucker”
DJ Jazzy Jeff “Break It Down” feat. J-Live (Unreleased Version)
NewVersion “Let’s Do It In The Dancehall” (TNT Hip-Hop Mix)
Cosmo Vitelli “We Don’t Need No Smurf Here” (DJ Spinna Remix)
People Under The Stairs “Trippin’ At The Disco” (DJ Day Does It Again Remix)
Dâm-Funk “Hood Pas Intact”
Junior “Too Late” (12″ Mix)
Karen Silver “Nobody Else”
Wild Sugar “Messin’ Around”
Studio “Life’s A Beach” (Todd Terje Beachhouse Mix)
Chic “I Want Your Love” (Hellu Kenny Edit)
Cosmo is doing a number of shows, on his own and with his collective The Rub, check their websites for more info.
There are many in hip-hop who have asked what happened to the female MC’s, as there seems to be no one in the mainstream who is doing their thing. The female DJ, however, is more obscure and almost a non-existent entity unless it’s someone in a clothing commercial. But if you know where to go, you’ll know where to find, see, and hear some of the best female DJ’s around. Head to San Francisco for a look at a new collective called Bay Area Sistah Sound (B.A.S.S.), formed by DJ Zita (Golden Soundscapes) and Pam The Funkstress (The Coup). They are taking their own love of DJ’ing and all that is vinyl to the forefront, to prove once again that DJ’ing is a place for both women and men, and that some of the best turntablists and vinyl junies are ladies who will not hesitate to go in front of you at a record convention to go through the crate you’re looking at.